Two spe­cial trains can­celled, women com­muters up­set

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Shashikant Kothekar shashikant.kothekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Cen­tral Rail­way has can­celled two ser­vices of women spe­cial trains in its new timetable which was started from Jan­uary 26.

This had irked many women pas­sen­gers.

Two women spe­cial trains on Thane- Vashi har­bour route which used to ply dur­ing peak hours have been can­celled.

Ac­cord­ing to the old timetable, two women spe­cial trains Thane- Pan­vel ( 9.14am) and Thane- Vashi ( 9.50 am) plied dur­ing peak hour, mak­ing travel smooth for women pas­sen­gers.

At 5.42pm, there was a women’s spe­cial train from Pan­vel and Vashi.

The rail­ways has can­celled both the spe­cial trains and has re­served the first three coaches of all trains for women.

Women pas­sen­gers have de­manded restart­ing the women’s s pe­cial t r ain on Thane-Vashi route.

“Thane-Vashi route has huge traf­fic load dur­ing peak hours and women’s spe­cial trains made com­mut­ing easy. Now, we have to travel in crowded trains,” said Swap­naja Raut, 36, who trav­els by train daily to reach her San­pada of­fice.

A rail­way of­fi­cial said that the trains were can­celled as the spe­cial trains did not have many tak­ers. “Even men used to travel in this lo­cal. So we have de­cided to keep first three coaches re­served for women. Men too have been de­mand­ing more trains,” he said.

“The 5.42pm women spe­cial train from Pan­vel to Thane was con­ve­nient for women pas­sen­gers. The spe­cial trains are al­ways full. The rail­ways must re­think about its de­ci­sion,” Said Smitha Nair, 42, who trav­els to Nerul ev­ery day.

Thane Rail­way Pravashi Sangh has sup­ported the de­ci­sion to can­cel the two trains.

Its pres­i­dent Nand­ku­mar Desh­mukh said, “Women’s spe­cial trains were al­ways empty. This de­layed other pas­sen­gers. The rail­ways also has to think about pas­sen­ger load. Three coaches re­served for women pas­sen­gers. This is good de­ci­sion by the rail­ways.”

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